There’s nothing better than browsing the news for noteworthy stories, quotes and accomplishments of fantastic nurses across the country and the world. Here are some of Scrubbed In’s finds. And these are just in the past month!
This recent WebMD article about hand washing cites healthcare expert, nurse and associate professor, Alison Pittman. She shares clinical knowledge about effective hand washing methods.
If there’s no soap or water available, Pittman was quoted as saying, “use an alcohol-based sanitizer that’s at least 60 percent alcohol — although these products aren’t as effective if hands are visibly soiled.”
The Washington Post
The Washington Post published this article about a bill that proposes to outlaw the use of shackles on incarcerated women in labor, a practice that maternal-child health nurses argue is not only unnecessary, but a potential endangerment to the life of mother and child.
Nathan Flier, a mental health nurse and author in the UK, won Britain’s Costa Book Award for “The Shock of the Fall,” his debut novel about the two brothers, life-altering loss and the realities of living with schizophrenia.
“I set out to write about the character and his illness is one aspect of his character and there are many more than that. But certainly I felt — having decided that schizophrenia would be part of the novel — I felt a responsibility not to propagate the myths surrounding that,” Flier was quoted as saying in the article.
This is a story that demonstrates how nurses can use technology in innovative ways to provide exceptional patient care. A woman who came to the U.S. from Iran was tragically beaten, succumbing to brain death. Her family in Iran was unable to travel to her. So the nursing and medical team used video conferencing to allow the family to see and speak to her before she was removed from support.
The NY Times
This succinct and professional letter to the editor, written by Marian Grant, and published in the NY Times Opinion Pages on Jan. 29, serves as a pristine example of how nurses can influence the public by sharing their expertise and shedding light on critical issues in healthcare. Here is an excerpt:
“Prognostic information for end-stage illnesses is usually very clear, and it behooves all providers to share it with those patients and families who ask at that point, ‘How long have I got left?'”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This well-written Op-Ed in the Jan. 15 Pittsburg Post Gazette not only educates the public on the gaps in mental healthcare delivery, but also provides a compelling argument for how Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners can fill those gaps by being allowed to practice to the full scope of their license. The piece was co-written by Kirstyn Kameg and Linda Raimondi. Kameg is a practicing psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and coordinator and faculty member of the PMHNP program at Robert Morris University School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Raimondi is the coordinator of the Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education program at RMU. They state:
“Nurse practitioners provide high-quality mental health care. Limits on their scope of practice hinders access to care for patients who need help, particularly in rural areas where the need is great and where it may be difficult for nurse practitioners to secure a collaborating physician. To address the shortage of mental health care providers, states need to allow nurse practitioners to care for patients to the full extent of their education and skills.”